Welcome to Elbow Cay
Separated from Marsh Harbour by 10km of clear, shallow sea, Elbow Cay is just lovely. Greeted on arrival by the most photogenic lighthouse in the Bahamas, visitors glide into a broad sheltered harbor flanked by sturdy timber cottages, studded with sails and framed by low greenery. This is Hope Town, founded in 1785 by Loyalists fleeing the fledgling United States, and still housing their descendants today. Strict building controls and a ban on cars make it a delightful village to perambulate, admiring tiny gardens full of bougainvillea and flowering shrubs that spill blossoms over picket fences, and ducking into diverting little museums and convivial inns. The reefs off the Atlantic side of the cay are excellent for diving and snorkeling. The waters near Hope Town and the northern tip of the cay are calmer and easily reached by swimming from shore. Staghorn, elkhorn, star and brain coral are abundant.